Greenland is a country with a rich, cultural history that spans back several centuries. Even though it's home to only about 60,000 people, Greenland can still offer travelers a unique, exciting experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
1. Hot Springs
Greenland boasts numerous hot springs, but those on the island of Uunartoq are the most popular because the water temperatures average between 98 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. The island's hot springs consist of three smaller springs that come together to make a giant tub.
You can visit the springs at any time of the year and in any type of weather and always find that the water offers a temperature suitable for soaking.
2. Northern Lights
Travelers who visit Greenland from September through April have a chance to experience the natural phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. This amazing light show is best viewed in smaller communities with less ambient lights.
The Northern Lights "dance" across the night sky due to the fact that the sun's electrically charged particles clash with the earth's atoms in the atmosphere, causing them to glow and radiate. The Northern Lights mainly consist of swirling green and yellow tones, but occasionally one will see red, blue and purple as well.
3. Glaciers / Icebergs
Having the opportunity to view an glacier up close is a unique experience that everyone should have. These massive natural pieces of art are beautiful.
Greenland boasts several amazing icebergs for tourists to view. North Greenland is home to several larger icebergs while South Greenland has smaller but equally as beautiful glacier-filled sites for tourists to visit. A trip to Greenland is not complete until you've viewed at least one of these amazing icebergs.
4. Outdoor Activities
Most cities in Greenland boast some type of sporting activities. You can enjoy skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, mountain climbing, kayaking, fishing and diving.
In mid-March, golf enthusiasts can join or watch the Ice Golf World Championships in Uummannaq. The two-day tournament consists of 36 holes, with a course cut on the ice, in-between icebergs and out in the snow fields.
5. How Do I Get There?
Alaska really depends on where you want to visit and what type of vacation you're after.
Southcentral Alaska and the Inside Passage are the most accessible point in Alaska if arriving by plane or cruise ship. It's also important to note that much of Alaska is only accessible by plane or boat, particularly the remote Far North.